The South Shelby Cardinals venture west to take on the Macon Tigers this week in a matchup of two Clarence Cannon Conference teams looking to move up the standings. After going winless last season, the Cardinals are off to a 2-3 start this season. South Shelby fell last week in conference play to Highland 24-8. Despite the below .500 record, coach Adam Gunterman says the potential of his young team is starting to shine through.
South Shelby features several big-play threats including Wyatt Owens who leads the team with three rushing touchdowns and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in each of the first two weeks of the season. Meanwhile, the Cardinal defense will be tasked with stopping an equally dangerous Macon offense led by junior quarterback Mykel (Michael) Linear (La-near). Gunterman discusses the challenges of facing Macon’s offense.
Macon has seen their share of challenges in the 2021 season. Head coach Jameson Allen resigned prior to the team’s week four game against Highland. Defensive Coordinator Joey Peterson was named the interim head coach ahead of that game, which the Tigers went on to win 32-30. However, Macon fell on the road last week in another tight affair, 32-28 against Brookfield. Peterson says last week’s loss should hopefully serve as a wake-up call.
Like South Shelby, Macon comes in with a record of 2-3 on the season. Macon averages 27 points a game, while South Shelby averages 20. Peterson says he’s looking forward to matching up against South Shelby’s offense.
This week’s game will serve as Macon’s homecoming. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:40 pm on KTCM 97.3 and centralmoinfo.com. Colin Schowe will have the play-by-play.